US and Russia struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

US and Russia struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

US and Russia struggle to overcome rifts in Moscow

The US ambassador however added that a US commitment to the peace process was "not enough" and that Washington needed "partners who are serious about using their influence" over Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. He stressed the need to improve ties.

On his first visit to Moscow as Presdient Donald Trump's secretary of State, Tillerson said the two countries are unified on issues like stabilizing Syria and tackling worldwide terrorism.

Meanwhile on Thursday U.S. President Donald Trump said that "things will work out fine" between the United States and Russian Federation, only a day after he said U.S.

But his Russian counterpart called for an investigation by the United Nations into the attacks, stating that Russia had "no confirmation" that chemical attacks had taken place, and criticising the "media hysteria" about the matter.

Lavrov however said that the two sides still "diverge" over their evaluation of the alleged chemical attack, which Washington has blamed squarely on Syrian President Bashar Assad. But their disagreements on who was responsible for the strike, and Assad's future, were on full display.

Lavrov said both sides were set on leading an "uncompromising fight against worldwide terrorism".

"We insist on an objective investigation of what happened on April 4th", he said.

The news conference came after Putin met the top American diplomat for nearly two hours to see if they could rescue relations between the world's mightiest military powers.

"Things will work out fine between the United States of America and Russian Federation".

The pair told a news conference in Moscow that they had tried to seek common ground on a range of issues in a "frank" discussion.

He said the visit - the first to Moscow by a senior Trump administration official - offered an opportunity to clarify the chances of cooperation "above all on the formation of a broad anti-terrorist front".

Asked whether Assad could be subject to war crimes charges, Tillerson said people were working to make such a case.

Putin's icy rhetoric was echoed by Lavrov in remarks made as he met with Tillerson to discuss Syria.

The Kremlin previously refused to say whether Putin would meet with Tillerson in Moscow. He spoke to their common interests.

One of his deputies went further, telling Russia's state-owned news agency: "In general, primitiveness and loutishness are very characteristic of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington". On Tuesday, he blasted Russian Federation for not living up to its 2013 commitment to eliminate Assad's chemical weapons stockpile. "This is contrary to any standards of justice", said Vladimir Safronkov, Russia's deputy envoy to the UN. "Russian Federation is among that group the only non-failed state".

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